If the words, “I should write a book” or “I could write a book” have ever crossed your mind, then rest assured that you are not alone. According to Wikipedia, 304,912 new titles and re-prints were published in the United States in 2013. While this number sounds high, the reality is that more than 150 million people say they would like to publish a book each year; yet, statistics prove that very few pursue the adventure.
The publishing industry has experienced dramatic changes over the past twenty years. The most prevalent changes have included the advancement, acceptance and surge of self-publishing houses and e-books. Bowker reports that more than 458,000 titles were self-published in 2013. Regardless of the method of publishing, people love to read and books are still in demand.
As you consider entering the wonderful world of writing, you may be wondering what genre, Fiction or Non-Fiction, promotes the most book sales. Fiction still holds the top spot for interest; however, non-fiction sales can reap a higher profit return with the most popular categories being history, biographies and religious.
The publishing industry estimates that more than 50% of all books are ghostwritten; however, this figure is difficult to confirm for several reasons:
BUT wait……….not so fast! Before you race to the computer to impart powerful words of wisdom, write the great American novel or search the internet to find a ghostwriter, it is imperative to understand that the publishing process involves much more than placing words on a page. The goal is to sell your writing and avoid having hundreds of book copies stored away in a closet. Listed below are a just a few things to consider before writing that first word.
IDENTIFY YOUR BOOK PROJECT:
Sources: copyright.gov; bowker.com; wikipedia.org